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Richard T. Smith

July 19, 2022

Obituary


Richard T. Smith, 57, of Greene passed away at home on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 surrounded by his loved ones. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Dee Smith, his brother, Bob Smith and his father-in-law, John Rapp. Rick is survived by his wife of 34 years, Ruth; 2 daughters and son-in-law, Jess Smith, Erin and Justin Autera; and his sweet granddaughter, Tegan Autera; siblings, Deb (Joe) Eggleston, Betty Smith, Pat (Jim) Wade, Sandy (James) Deabler, Ann (Bruce) Eggleston, Kelly Smith (Brian Taylor), Nikki (Greg) Mills and Christine Smith; his in-laws; Joan (Tempe) Nelson, Michele Rapp, Ron Rapp, Diane (John) Tramontana, Lorraine (Shaun) Detweiler, David (Judy) Rapp, Kathleen (Chad) Anastos and all of his lively and entertaining nieces and nephews. Rick attended Greene Central School and SUNY Oneonta where he graduated with a BS in Literature. He spent 20 years working at GCS as an LTA, AC and coach. Rick loved sports and the life lessons they taught. He took great pride in the successes of all the athletic programs, the athletes, and coaches at GCS. He enjoyed seeing each athlete grow and succeed with their life goals.  Rick loved his backyard and patio. He spent countless hours tending to the pool and the plants in the yard, he had a very powerful “green thumb.” He loved watching his Yankees and Cowboys on the patio while enjoying the yard and his pups. Most importantly, Rick was a fiercely loyal and protective husband, father and GPa. He would do anything for his family and they were his pride and joy. Rick loved to spend time with his family enjoying all sorts of sports, games and adventures. Adventures to the pumpkin patch, a christmas tree farm, hiking by a lake, or a backyard wiffle ball game are the moments he valued most.      
In lieu of flowers we know Rick would love it if instead, you played a game of wiffle ball in the backyard or went on an adventure with your family. Make memories with your loved ones. 
Friends of the family may call Wednesday, July 27 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Root Funeral Home, 23 N. Chenango Street, Greene, NY 13778. The funeral service will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of Root Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to the family at www.rootfh.com. 

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
July 27, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Root Funeral Home
23 North Chenango Street
Greene, NY 13778

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